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Make-A-Wish kids meet NASCAR star

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson poses with child at Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa. NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson poses with child at Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa.
LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) -

Know someone that's famous?

Some Make-A-Wish kids can now claim that they do.

This NASCAR star is in the "driver's seat" of a program to help them.

Thursday was an opportunity of a lifetime for Colton Barker.

"Everybody's husbands and... everybody loves Jimmie Johnson," said Colton Barker, Make-A-Wish kid.

He and other Make-A-Wish children ate ice cream with Jimmie Johnson, a five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner.

"He's probably one of the most famous people he's ever going to meet, and you know, that he goes 200 miles an hour and he does something that hardly anybody else does," said Justin Barker, Colton's Father.

"We have a few families from Make-A-Wish that are here that get served some ice cream too. I saw a little boy wearing a 48 hat, which I'm excited about. He's already a fan," said Jimmie Johnson, Race Car Driver.

It's a party put on for Make-A-Wish kids by Wells in conjunction with the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program.

As apart of the program, a total of thirteen foundations, like Make-A-Wish, are displayed on Johnson's helmet.

"I'm just really, really impressed and continue to be impressed and inspired by just the true understanding and the genuine respect that these organizations have for the Make-A-Wish mission," said Rob Kelly, Make-A-Wish Iowa CEO.

"You can make a difference in so many ways. Certainly, cash makes a difference but just experiences, interaction, meeting someone, putting a smile on a kids face and also the parents," said Johnson.

"I've been doing this for 36 years and we've never had the kind of opportunities we do today to help people," said Mike Wells, President and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc.

And while the ice cream won't last forever, the memories will.

"I had lots of fun, and I got to eat ice cream with him, talk to him, stuff like that," said Barker.

Johnson will wear the helmet featuring all 13 charities on August 18th at Michigan International Speedway.

In addition to the ice cream party, each foundation also gets a $10,000 check.

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